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SF voters head to the polls in pivotal general election

Rain falls on a “Polling Place” sign on election day in San Francisco Calif., on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2022. | Ben Fanjoy/The Standard

Fourth time’s the charm for San Francisco as voters—or at least those who haven’t already voted early—make their voices heard Tuesday in the fourth and final election of 2022. 

On tap this time? Warring housing and transportation measures, a testy race for district attorney and several contested Board of Supervisors and Board of Education races—and those are just the local questions. 

The long list of measures follows a recent trend of San Franciscans taking their political grievances to the ballot, with two recall elections this year ousting four elected officials. San Francisco voters are in a foul mood, with key institutions and elected officials getting very low marks from voters

Here are some of the top themes for local voters in Tuesday’s election. (Check out our voter guide for the full rundown on every item on the ballot):

    Outside of deep-blue San Francisco, statewide voters will also weigh in on the reelection of Gov. Gavin Newsom, among other key races, as voters nationwide choose the makeup of the House of Representatives and the Senate heading into the second half of President Biden’s presidential term. 

    Voting centers are open all over the city (check out this one at the San Francisco Columbarium), and there’s still plenty of time to fill out a ballot—but if you haven’t mailed it in by Tuesday, avoid using the mailboxes and head to drop boxes instead. Voters can check if their ballots have been counted here

    Nearly 132,000 ballots were returned to the SF Dept. of Elections by Monday, which is slightly more than the last midterm election in 2018. The last midterm, however, was before every San Franciscan received a mailed ballot, as is the rule today.

    So whether the slight pre-election bump in turnout will translate into a higher overall voter rate is hard to predict. Midterm elections, in general, tend to attract lower participation than presidential ones.